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Fellini is a pioneer: it filled the Római-part (Roman Embankment) with style at a time when other food spots were just measuring hakes without much ambience. They didn’t close down for the winter and opened for the season mid-spring. Even the changeable April didn’t put them off. Their snacks are always delicious, even more with a lemonade, beer, or wine spritzer in hand. There is always a dog or two by your side, and children’s voices fill the air: this is Fellini at its peak. And when the evening comes, you’re treated to exquisite musical entertainment.
Overlapping food spots await city dwellers on Népsziget; Kabin, Wasser, and Perem are all lined up. You’ll have a hard time choosing, but you’ll get over this hesitation mostly depending on availability, and settle wherever you’ll find an empty table. It’s always nice to watch the Danube and the sunset from here, listen to acoustic or DJ music, and reflect on how grateful we can be for this newly found function of Népsziget.
Sinus curve, retro, burger, park, macifröccs (a classic Hungarian white wine spritzer with raspberry syrup), freedom – Pántlika is perfect just as it is, and the whole town knows it. So much so that you have to hunt for free tables after work or at weekends. Of course, this issue is always solved in the end, and you can sit back and enjoy a burger and a spritzer on the checkered oilcloth. And if you take our advice, try the pancakes and cottage cheese dumplings, which are excellent here.
Whether you pop in for a coffee or spend an all-night get-together with friends, Csendes near the Károlyi Garden feels like a Parisian park. And when the colourful lights turn on in the evening, you’ll be completely soaked up by the vibes. The only thing that brings us back down to earth is the little green seats, which we could never get to grips with, but after a wine spritzer or two, it’s no longer a bother.
You could say that this garden in Zugló is secluded, as you can’t see from the outside that such a large and cosy garden comes to life every day behind the former wine house. The barbecue terrace offers smoky summer flavours, while the entire menu at A Kert Bisztró follows the international trend, modern in design but never overdone. For lunch, dinner, or a toast with friends, this is a great place where you’ll always receive dedicated hospitality.
One of our favourite Mediterranean-influenced squares in the Palace District is Mikszáth Square. Here, too, the terraces converge, and several styles and catering meet, but you can’t go wrong with Kis Lumen, a tiny café that booms in the terrace season. Dog and bike owners come to relax in this pleasant spot after work or on the weekend. It really is a special little corner of Budapest, and it’s always nice to come back!